Am I just 'wishful thinking' or does it seem to y'all that a young audience is growing for well performed music from the 20's-40's? Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga, for example..
Personal take has been for years that the gradual machining of music to water tortuous perfection by computerized/synthesized sounds has been squeezing the 'life' out of music. By definition music is a product of people and resonates better with little to no machining. Not that strict tempo can't swing; it sure did in England in the 30's.
Anyway, this seems a good place to get feedback.
This is a great question. I think the recent Bennett/Gaga recordings are just another retro fad similar to the ones created by Amy Winehouse and Michael Buble.
I agree with your personal take about the lack of quality in modern music. I don't think machines are to blame though. I think the consumer is to blame. Consumers want music to be free or at least ultra cheap. So the industry responded with a business model comprised of formulaic, sparsley composed music which is digitally produced at very low cost.
Have you ever heard of a Loss Leader business model? See the first link for a detailed explanation. Loss leader is a strategy that basically gives away a widget in order to profit from a related product. Flashlights and batteries are good examples of the loss leader business model. In this case flashlights are sold at very low cost with no profit added. But the batteries needed to operate the flashlight are sold with a large profit added.
This seems to be the business model currently used in the music industry. Music is produced and sold at very low cost (like the flashlight). But the artist's live performance tickets are sold with a large profit added (like the battery). There are of course nuances that exist which are elaborated in the second link of my response.